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- Graduate Diploma in Science in Physical Geography
- Postgraduate Certificate in Science in Physical Geography
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Physical Geography
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Physical Geography
- Master of Science in Physical Geography
- PhD in Physical Geography
Graduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
- 120 points from 200- and 300-level
- at least 75 points must be at 300-level or above
- up to 30 points may be from courses outside science
- a project worth 30 points may be included, with approval
The diploma is effectively a BSc major in Physical Geography and the programme of study should meet the requirements of that major.
More information about the Graduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.
Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) in Physical Geography
The PG Certificate in Science can be completed in one trimester or part time over up to two years.
Postgraduate Certificate students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or equivalent degree or work experience with an average grade of B or higher in appropriate 300-level papers.
60 points from:
- PHYG 401 - 489
- PHYG 580
Note: the combination of courses must be approved by the School.
More information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.
Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc) in Physical Geography
Postgraduate Diploma students must have previously completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with an average grade of B or higher in relevant 300 level courses.
120 points with at least 60 points from:
- PHYG 401 - 489
- PHYG 580
Note: the programme does not include a research project and must be approved by the School.
More information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Science is on the Faculty of Science website.
The minimum entry qualification is a BA or BSc degree, ideally with an average grade of B+ or higher in these courses. Entry into Geography Honours from another undergraduate major may be granted with permission of the Associate Dean. The following courses are required:
- PHYG 489
- 30 points from PHYG 404 - 488
- A further 60 points from PHYG 404 - 488, or other approved courses
The Masters programme comprises two parts and is normally completed in two calendar years. Part 1 (the first year) involves course work and a research preparation course. Part 2 (the second year) is a full-time research project, leading to a thesis.
Prerequisites Part 1
Entry into the MSc for Physical Geography requires completion of an undergraduate degree or relevant graduate or postgraduate diploma, including 80 points from GEOG 301–399. Prospective students must also obtain a recommendation by a potential project supervisor before enrolment. All entries are subject to approval by the Geography Board of Studies.
- PHYG 580
- 105 points from PHYG 404 – 488 of which up to 30 points may be replaced by other approved courses
Prerequisites Part 2
Students require an average B+ grade in their Masters Part 1 courses. Students with a lower grade must discuss options with the programme director, which include redirection into a suitable postgraduate diploma.
- PHYG 591 - Thesis
The PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and usually takes three to four years to complete. It is an internationally recognised research degree culminating in a thesis and opens up rich and varied career opportunities.
A first class or high second class Honours or Masters degree.
The Faculty of Graduate Research is the initial contact point for all PhD students. Please visit their website for all queries, including available funding, the role of a supervisor and the application process. The Faculty provides ongoing support to PhD students throughout their studies at Victoria.
PhD students are encouraged to apply for a range of scholarships offered by the School, the University and others. Details can be found on the scholarships webpage.
More information for international students is on the Victoria International website.
Physical Geography graduates are sought after in the current job market. An understanding of the physical landscape and its resources is essential to the proper management of the natural environment. Issues of erosion, ground water availability, stream quality, tsunami and climatic and environmental change affect all people to some extent in New Zealand.
Our graduates are employed in all sectors in New Zealand and the world. Our graduates work in Crown Research Institutes such as GNS Science, LandCare Research, NIWA; Private Environmental Consultancies such as Tonkin and Taylor, Opus, URS Ltd, Geotechnics Ltd, Geosystems Ltd, Mighty River Power; Central Government Departments such as Climate Change Office, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation; and Regional and District Councils.
The following School staff work in this area: